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Carrot Top Pesto Fettuccine

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Use your carrot tops in this absolutely delicious pesto pasta dish!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • 2 cups Fresh Carrot Tops, Packed
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic, Roughly Chopped
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • ½ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ cups Grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 8 ounces, weight Fettuccine Pasta
  • ¼ cups Pasta Water

Preparation

Fill a large stock pot with water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.

Heat a small pan over medium-low heat, and toast the pine nuts, tossing every 30 seconds so they don’t burn. Once they’re golden brown and nicely toasted (about 2–3 minutes), add them to the food processor.

While the pine nuts are toasting, rough chop the carrot tops, just so the food processor has an easier time with them. When chopping, start at the top of the carrot top, and work your way down until there are no more leaves, leaving the stem. Don’t worry if you get some stems in there, they’ll be pulverized by the food processor. Also, make sure to pack the carrot tops when measuring. Add to your food processor along with the pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Run the food processor for 10 seconds, scrape down the sides, and run for another 10 seconds. At this point, everything should be finely chopped. If you see any stems that are persisting, take them out. They lose.

Place the top back on the food processor, and with it running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Stop the food processor when that’s done, and add grated cheese last. Pulse 3 to 5 times just to combine the cheese with the carrot top mixture.

Once the pasta water is boiling, salt it with a good amount of salt (1 to 2 tablespoons), add the fettuccine, and cook as per package directions. Before you drain the pasta, reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy pasta water.

Return the drained noodles back to their original pot, and add 1/2 cup of your prepared pesto. Toss well, and add the reserved pasta water in increments if you like it a little creamier.

Divide among plates, top with a couple extra sprinkles of Parmigiano Reggiano, and serve!

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